Miller Children’s Hospital Patients Trick-or-Treat with LBFD

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Patients and members of the Long Beach Fire Department parade through the halls of  Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach picking up treats at different hospital departments.

Patients and members of the Long Beach Fire Department parade through the halls of
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach picking up treats at different hospital departments.

Spirits were high Friday at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach where more than 50 patients and their families, each accompanied by a member of the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD), trick-or-treated through the halls.

For the past two decades, LBFD has made it their mission to bring the Halloween experience to Miller Children’s by partnering up with pediatric patients who are not well enough to leave the hospital and participate in traditional trick-or-treating.

The firefighters in attendance quickly became friends with the patients as they escorted them in their wheelchairs, helped them walk with their “IV poles” and wheeled wagons through the hallways. By joining forces with LBFD, patients were able to collect tons of healthy treats and Halloween-themed goodies at various departments throughout Miller Children’s. LBFD even brought extra bags with them that they filled and delivered bedside to patients who were too sick to leave their room.

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna took a quick vacation from their home in Arendelle to trick or treat with Miller Children’s patients and the LBFD.

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna took a quick vacation from their home in Arendelle to trick or treat with Miller Children’s patients and the LBFD.

“Trick-or-treating with LBFD is the highlight of our Halloween festivities at Miller Children’s,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program, Miller Children’s. “Most of these kids aren’t used to being in the hospital at a time like this, so we make it our job to ensure they don’t miss out on the traditional Halloween experience.”

The event is coordinated by LBFDKids and the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s. LBFDKids was established to enhance the lives and well-being of the children at Miller Children’s, by bringing smiles and laughter through special events and activities.

The Child Life Program was developed to help make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. Child Life Specialists plan individualized and group programs that help children adjust to their hospital stay and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.

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